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Indian nun among sisters helping stranded foreign students in Ukraine

Sister Payyappilly gives shelter and food to distressed students aside from helping them cross the Ukrainian border to escape

An Indian Catholic nun and her associates are working round-the-clock to help stranded students and others fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

“God is using me to save people from death in Ukraine,” said Sister Ligi Payyappilly, the 48-year-old superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Marc in Ukraine.

Sister Payyappilly, who is Indian, and 17 sisters of her congregation are giving shelter and food to the distressed students, besides helping them cross the Ukrainian border to escape to countries including Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.



“Being in Ukraine for over 20 years, I have a lot of contacts and networks that helped me carry out this mission so far,” Sister Payyappilly told GSR by phone after midnight March 3, just before her scheduled two-hour sleep.

Her convent is in Mukachevo in western Ukraine, some 480 miles southwest of the national capital of Kiev.

People helped by Sister Payyappilly’s team profusely thanked the nuns.

“We never thought we would be alive now,” said Vignesh Suresh, a third-year student of medicine who hails Sister Payyappilly as “God’s angel who came to help us when we were totally lost.”

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